Freestylin’ with The Roots with Rev Run: Subway Edition
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Freestylin’ with The Roots with Rev Run: Subway Edition


-[Singing] ♪ With The ♪ ♪ Roots ♪
-♪ Roo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ts ♪ -Roots, you ready to do this?! -Yeah! -Alright.
Let’s pick someone. Raise your hand
if you want The Roots to write a song about you. [ Laughter ]
Alright. You raised your hand,
but he stepped in front of you. [ Laughter ]
Step out of the way. Now, it’s you, now. Here, hold that.
What is your name? -Jordan.
-Jordan. What part of New York
are you from? -Washington Heights. -Jordan, Washington Heights. What is your apartment number
and how do we get in? No, I’m just kidding.
[ Laughter ] There are so many great places
in New York City. What is your favorite
hidden gem in New York City? -Wow.
My favorite hidden gem is probably going to shop in Soho. -Goin’ to shop in Soho.
-Yeah. -And what do you shop for? -Clothes.
-Just clothes? You got this there?
-Yeah, I did. -I like that.
I like that little extra pocket. -Thank you.
-I don’t know what it’s for, but you got something tiny,
you could put it in there, you know?
-Like something really small. -Roots, we got
my man Jordan here. He’s from Washington Heights and his favorite hidden gem
in New York is to go to Soho and go shopping. For this first song, the Ramones got their start
right here in New York City. Can you guys do like a fun Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
type of thing? ♪♪ -♪ Eh oh ♪ ♪ All the way from the Heights ♪ ♪ Jordan cane ♪ ♪ Didn’t have a token ♪ ♪ So he hopped the train ♪ ♪ A one-man army ♪ ♪ Jordan rolls solo ♪ ♪ Favorite hidden gem of his ♪ ♪ Shopping in Soho! ♪ ♪ 1, 2, 3, 4 ♪ ♪ Eh oh ♪ ♪ Eh oh ♪ ♪ Eh oh ♪ ♪ Eh oh ♪ -Oh, very nice! [ Cheering and applause ]
Very nice! ♪♪ That was awesome.
Thank you very. Who wants The Roots
to write a song about them? You sure?
Yeah, right here. Stand up. Stand up. What is your name? -Gabrielle. -Gabrielle. Roots,
can you hear me all the way back here? -Yes, sir. Yes, sir. -Alright, Gabrielle. Gabrielle, what part
of New York are you from? -Roosevelt Island.
-Roosevelt Island! Oh, cool! -I always wondered.
How do you get over there? Do you take that little
weird trolley thing? -The tram? Yeah.
-Wow! -Yep. I love taking it.
-It’s like a magical thing. Yeah. It’s so cool. -Roosevelt Island. And the city has a lot
of nicknames, like the Big Apple,
the City That Never Sleeps. If you could give New York
a nickname, what would it be? -Ooh! Um… I don’t know. The Crazy City? [ Laughter ]
I don’t know. The City That Never Sleeps
works. -The Crazy City. Okay, good.
-No. [ Laughs ]
-The Crazy City. I would call it that as well. It’s crazy.
It’s crazy-fun. If you had to come up
with a slogan for New York, what would that be? -Oh, my gosh. “I’m never sleeping. There’s always something to do.” [ Laughs ]
-Oh, yeah. I love that. “I’m never sleeping. There’s always something to do.” I love that! [ Cheering and applause ] There’s always…
something…to…do. Roots, we have Gabrielle, here, and, if she could give
New York a nickname, it would be the Crazy City. [ Laughter ]
If she had to come up with a slogan for New York, it would be,
“I’m never sleeping. There’s always something to do.” -For this next one,
since we’re in New York, can you guys do like
a Billy Joel “New York State of Mind”
kinda song, please? ♪♪ Aw, nice. -[Laughing]
♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Gabrielle ♪ ♪ Thanks for comin’ down ♪ ♪ Roosevelt Island’s changed ♪ ♪ Since we hung around ♪ -Oh, wow.
-[Laughing] ♪ The Crazy City ♪ ♪ That Never Sleeps ♪ ♪ Is what you ♪ ♪ Call your New York
[indistinct] ♪ -Oh, nice! [ Cheering and applause ]
♪♪ ♪♪ -Oh!
Thank you, Gabrielle. I really appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you so much.
Thank you. Let’s do one more.
Let’s do one more. Someone on the other side
of the train here. Let’s go. Let’s do one more.
Hi. Excuse me. Hello.
Nice to see ya. Hello. How are ya? Hey, buddy.
How you doin’? -Doing well.
-You’re doing well? Alright. Oh, how about you, right here? You stand up, please? [ Cheering and applause ]
What was that? [ Cheering and applause ] What is your name? -Rev Run.
-Okay. Rev Run. Okay.
-Whoo! -[Laughing]
-Interesting. Rev Run. What part of New York
are you from? -I’m from Queens, New York. [ Cheering and applause ] -Shoutout to Queens! Okay. Now, New York City’s known
for its music. So many amazing musicians
come through here. Who are your favorite musicians
from New York City? -Run-D.M.C.
I like them. [ Cheering and applause ]
-Oh, yeah. I like them, too.
I like Run-D.M.C., too. Last question:
What’s the first thing you put on in the morning? -My Adidas. [ Laughter ]
-Alright, Tariq. We have a guy named Rev Run
from Queens. His favorite musicians
are from New York. They’re a group named Run-D.M.C. And the first thing he puts on
in the morning are his Adidas. For this last one,
can we guys do it in a fun, ’80s rap kinda beat,
classic hip hop? -Can ya? Can ya?
-Uh, okay. Um… ♪ It goes 1, 2, (hey) 3,
(aye) ♪ ♪ Here we go ♪ ♪ Here we go ♪ ♪ Here we go, here we go ♪ ♪ Here we, here we, here we go ♪ ♪ D.M.C. and DJ Run ♪ ♪ Dum diddy dum,
diddy diddy dum dum ♪ ♪ We rock on the mic ♪ ♪ And then you know
where we’re from ♪ ♪ Dum diddy dum,
diddy diddy dum dum ♪ ♪ We hope y’all ready
for the big beat drum ♪ ♪ Drum diddy dum,
diddy diddy drum drum ♪ ♪ So move a little back,
here the big beat come ♪ ♪ Here it come, here it come ♪ ♪ Here it diddy come come! ♪ ♪ [Indistinct] up and down ♪ ♪ What we have
is a brand-new sound ♪ ♪ So nobody [indistinct] ♪ ♪ We make up all these rhymes
inside our head ♪ ♪ The other MCs cannot compete ♪ ♪ When we rap on the mic
to this big beat ♪ ♪ The beat is big,
it’s kind of large ♪ ♪ And when we’re on the mic,
we’re in charge! ♪ ♪ It’s like that, y’all ♪ ♪ It’s like that, y’all ♪ ♪ It’s like that and all that ♪ ♪ And like that, y’all ♪ ♪ Cool T rocker ♪
-♪ I don’t take knocker ♪ ♪ I keep a bag of chili
inside my locker ♪ -♪ Go to school every day ♪ -♪ When it’s time to get paid ♪ ♪ I’ll be rockin’ on the mic
until the break of day ♪ [ Cheering and applause ]
-My thanks to these guys. Thanks to Rev Run. Thanks to The Roots. Stay tuned. BTS, and they’ll be joining me
in the subway after the break. Oh! Here we go.
-♪ To the bank ♪ ♪ Here we go ♪ ♪ Here we go, here we go ♪ ♪ Here we, here we, here we go ♪

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